The Dodgers spring camps are always packed full of names fans don’t know. Whether it’s deep minor league talent or a low-risk free agent signing, there always seems to be a few unknowns. Max Muncy was that guy two years ago and Chris Taylor was in the same boat in 2017.
Zach McKinstry may not be a household name for Dodgers fans but he certainly should be. Drafted in the 33rd round in 2016, McKinstry has already shown that he can shine offensively. The left-handed-hitting infielder/outfielder hit exceptionally well at Triple-A last year, putting up a .382/.421/.752 slash line with 7 homeruns in 26 games.
More importantly, Dave Roberts likes what he sees from him so far in Spring. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Roberts noted that McKinstry could see time at the big league level for the Dodgers in 2020.
Zach is an interesting player and has performed himself into being a real guy as far as being on the roster…I really pull for guys like that…He can play anywhere on the diamond…he condcts really good at-bats…He’s a guy that I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw him sometime this year.
High praise from the manager of one of the deepest rosters in all of baseball. From the outside, it does look like there is not a place for McKinstry in the current roster. The Dodgers are stacked with talent and have really only added to their positional player depth from last year.
Regardless, Roberts and the Dodgers staff have liked what he has seen the last few years from him and that could translate to a big-league promotion.
Certain players, you have to see play for an extended period of time to really aprpeciate what they can do…He just doesn’t make mistakes as far as mental mistakes…We put him on the roster to get to learn more about Zach.
McKinstry will turn 25 this April and is yet to make his Major League debut. The Dodgers will have plenty of options to choose from, but only have a few weeks to make some key roster decisions.